The Homeric "Hymn to Demeter"

Translation, Commentary, and Interpretive Essays

Author: Helene P. Foley

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 140084908X

Category: History

Page: 320

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The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, composed in the late seventh or early sixth century B.C.E., is a key to understanding the psychological and religious world of ancient Greek women. The poem tells how Hades, lord of the underworld, abducted the goddess Persephone and how her grieving mother, Demeter, the goddess of grain, forced the gods to allow Persephone to return to her for part of each year. Helene Foley presents the Greek text and an annotated translation of this poem, together with selected essays that give the reader a rich understanding of the Hymn's structure and artistry, its role in the religious life of the ancient world, and its meaning for the modern world.
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Eleusis

Author: Bruce Rimell

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1326205307

Category: Religion

Page: 52

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A visionary and artistic exploration through the greatest of the Mystery traditions of Antiquity, 'Eleusis' follows the winding path that leads from the kidnap of Persephone and Demeter's grief at her loss to the transformation of mankind through the Epiphany of an Ineffable Female Godhead. Drawing from several years of mythological, experiential and visionary research, and delightfully enfolded with 25 colour and monochrome art images, Bruce attempts to move beyond the Eleusinian veil of secrecy to enter into the very Heart of the Mystery. A final illustrated essay also explores the meaning of the Eleusinian Mysteries for the modern day.
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On Vision and Being Human: Exploring the Menstrual, Neurological and Symbolic Origins of Religious Experience

Author: Bruce Rimell

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1326337580

Category: Religion

Page: 342

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Visionary and religious experiences are ubiquitous among human beings, but why do we experience them as coming from a hidden reality beyond the senses? Why should we believe in the existence of deities despite the mundane evidence of our own eyes? Why do we as intelligent primates ascribe any importance to these 'imaginary' realities at all? This creative and speculative thesis seeks to answer these questions in a new way, gazing into the content of visions themselves and exploring the various inner realities that gave rise to these transformative and meaningful aspects of our humanity. Focusing upon symbolic cognition as a fundamental organising principle of human experience, a diverse series of musings upon the nature of reality, consciousness, and our evolutionary origins seeks to transcend our modern artificial boundaries to arrive at a holistic, and delightfully playful, human image for the twenty-first century. An original visionary thesis illustrated with 30 beautiful drawings.
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Shamanism

Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy

Author: Mircea Eliade

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691119422

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 610

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Surveys the practice of Shamanism over two and a half millennia of human history, moving from the Shamanic traditions of Siberia and Central Asia--where Shamanism was first observed--to North and South America, Indonesia, Tibet, China, and beyond. Eliade illuminates the magico-religious life of societies that give primacy of place to the figure of the Shaman--at once magician and medicine man, healer and miracle-doer, priest, mystic, and poet.
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Selected Writings

Author: Paracelsus

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691018768

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 289

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Gathers the writings of the famous medieval alchemist on homeopathy, astrology, dreams, and ethics
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Homerica

Author: Walter Burkert

Publisher: Ruprecht Gmbh & Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 281

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Das Lebenswerk des Zurcher Altertumswissenschaftlers Professor Dr. Walter Burkert, der im Februar 2001 siebzig Jahre alt wird, soll auf Initiative seines Nachfolgers Professor Dr. Christoph Riedweg durch eine Ausgabe seiner Kleinen Schriften gewurdigt werden. Es gibt wohl wenige Forscherinnen und Forscher auf dem Gebiet der klassischen Altertumswissenschaften, die in den letzten Jahrzehnten in ahnlich produktiver Weise zu einer Vielzahl von Themen und Perioden - von den soziobiologischen Wurzeln menschlichen Verhaltens und den palaolithischen Jagern uber die ersten Hochkulturen des Vorderen Orients, die Blutezeit der griechischen und romischen Antike in Mythos, Religion, Literatur und Kunst bis zum Aufkommen des Christentums - publiziert und mit ihrem iuvre eine vergleichbare Wirkung entfaltet haben, weit uber die engeren Fachgrenzen hinaus. Dem breiten Spektrum und der Fulle der Arbeiten Burkerts entsprechend ist die Ausgabe seiner Kleinen Schriften auf acht Bande angelegt, die jeweils die Beitrage zu einem bestimmten Themenkreis sammeln.
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